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Yiddish Communist Press Has Few Readers, Complaint

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Yiddish Communist Press has few readers in the Soviet countries, M. Litvakov, the editor of the central Yiddish Communist organ here, the “Emes,” complains. All the three Yiddish daily Communist papers, the “Emes” in Moscow the “Stern” in Charkoff, and the “Okitabr” in Minsk, he writes, have a total circulation of about 30,000.

This is very little in comparison with the extent of the Jewish work of the Communist party, he states. The Soviet countries contain at present a Jewish population of two and a half million. More than seventy per cent of them recognize Yiddish as their mother tongue. In the eleven years of Soviet Government, the “Emes” has reached a circulation of not more than 14,000. Mr. Litvakov urges that an effort should be made to find out why it is that the Yiddish Communist press is so little read and to secure more readers among the Jewish masses.

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